Phuket boss eases road checks
fewer swabs on site needed
Phuket has revamped its health surveillance measures to attract more domestic tourists and ease the workload of health workers who screen inbound visitors by road, the provincial office said.
Provincial Governor Narong Woonciew said yesterday that more than 30,000 people have visited Phuket under the sandbox tourism program launched in July.
As the peak tourist season from November to February approaches, many domestic tourists are expected. This has led to changes in the public health measures imposed at the Chatchai road checkpoint, where much of the land traffic to and from Phuket passes.
Around 700 to 800 people pass through the checkpoint daily, creating a heavy workload for medical and health workers juggling between testing incoming visitors at the checkpoint and caring for Covid-19 patients in the checkpoint. local facilities.
Mr Narong said visitors are now able to test for Covid-19 at accredited medical centers in their provinces and submit the results to authorities once they reach the Chatchai checkpoint instead of there. undergo a swab test on site.
The change eased the burden on officials at the checkpoint and made traveling to Phuket less complicated.
At the same time, the province intends to vaccinate 200,000 people with booster doses, by way of subcutaneous injection, subcutaneous, by the end of this month.
The governor said the reason active cases in Phuket have not declined is that the province’s Communicable Disease Control Office has launched a mass testing campaign targeting up to 3,000 people per day. Of these, around 6% tested positive for Covid-19, he said. “We are going to be doing mass testing for a while yet because we want to fight the spread of the virus,” the governor said.
Local public health units respond immediately to the discovery of at-risk groups and health check-ups and tests are underway. âThe aim is to bring the curve down before the end of the month,â Narong said.
He said there are now enough beds for those with few symptoms. He said visitors to Phuket can rest assured that they will receive adequate care if they fall ill while on vacation in the province.
Chalermpong Sukhonthaphol, director of Wachira Phuket Hospital, said people in Phuket who want booster doses should be fully vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine by July. They can make vaccination appointments for their third injection until the end of the month via www.??.com (Phuket Will Win website).